Grandmother to exhibit at festival

2015-09-15 06:00
Jennifer Sutton works on a portrait of her granddaughters. 
Photo: supplied

Jennifer Sutton works on a portrait of her granddaughters. Photo: supplied

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A 68-YEAR-OLD Waterfall grandmother, Jennifer Sutton, will be exhibiting her fine art at the Hilton Arts Festival this month.

For Sutton, art has always been a part of her life.

“I was always drawing as a child and took art as a matric subject.

“As a child I lived on five acres of ground in Dundee out near the airport and had a magnificent view of the mountains. My mother’s garden was a picture full of roses and flowers with a magnificent vegetable garden, so there was lots of inspiration to draw from.

“Art was just something I did as a hobby and enjoyed however, after marriage and children it faded away.”

She said when she turned 58 she left work and needed something to do to pass the time, so she got back into art.

“I am driven to paint, I love colour and it allows me to conform, or be as different as I like, and life all around me is an inspiration to just paint. I started with Dee Wade, then went to Eve Page who taught me more than I could ever absorb about colour and tonal values - it was an amazing time,” she said.

“I have done Polychrome pencil oil crayons with Lynda Hampton, which I really enjoy and have continued with. I did workshops with Bev Letard and she put the bubble back into my life. I now go to Val Stevens and am learning about inks, which I just love, as she gives me lots of encouragement.”

Sutton said she paints in oils, inks and draws in pencil crayons.

“I have exhibited at Decorex, Art in the Park, and various other art exhibitions. I have sold work in the U.S., in Kenya, Tanzania and the UK.”

She is currently working on a portrait of two of her grandchildren, Megan and Lesley.

“It is in Titanium White and Raw Umber, which will eventually have a background of coloured inks. It still has a long way to go, shadows to be put in and a few changes that need to be made.”

She is excited about the art festival.

“I am a first timer for the Hilton Arts Festival and am really looking forward to it. It is sure to be an amazing couple of days, which will be held from the 17 to 20 September.”

Her message to the youth: “Live your dreams - you only have one life, so make the most of it”

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